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Brit-Think, Ameri-Think: A Transatlantic Survival Guide, Revised Edition Paperback – February 25, 2003
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Because this is in no way a dictionary style book, she does not offer alternate words, phrases or technical info. Thus, as a supplement, I highly recommend "Divided by a Common Language" by Christopher Davies, who (as opposed to Walmsley) is a Brit who now lives in Florida.
All in all - a humorous, anecdotal insight into two very different cultures. Even though this may not be as technical as some travelers would prefer, the information is crucial for developing a truer understanding than is offered in any travel guide, so do not pass it over for the latter; buy it as well.
Admittedly, it probably is a little dated. I was given my treasured, tattered copy a number of years ago by an Anglophile Yank, and laughed my head off at the very accurate observations. I suddenly understood why my American friends thought I had a 'poor self-image' - they take all that self-depracating humor seriously!
Between chortles and tears of laughter, I discovered the true understanding of why we are separated by a common language. Highly recommended - particularly for those who deal with the Yank / Brit equation on a regular basis. Thanks to this book I have a true appreciation (and now understanding) of those puzzled looks I receive on a daily basis!
My boss needs to read it next!
The section on the differences in British/American humor is particularly funny but the entire book is humorous. Tongue-in-cheek but all from those 'grains of truth' we often fail to see in our own cultures.
I highly recommend it as a light read that'll make you smile in recognition and give you a few of those 'aha!' moments.
The major problem with this book is that it is dated. A lot of references to the politics and pop culture of the Eighties, including Margaret Thatcher, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, the television shows "Dallas" and "Dynasty" and their characters and stars.
Other than this, a good book to have if you are interested in the cultural differences one finds across the Atlantic, but I'm not sure how reliable a cultural guide it would be if you were to travel today.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hysterical! I love this book. Bought a second copy. I am an American who evidently thinks British--I go to England/Scotland/Ireland frequently and altho this is kind of a comedy... Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Alyce
The book was not at all what it was described as or I expected. Very disappointed. I was expecting a "translation" of British words or phrases to American English and back... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michele K
I purchased this for a friend as I already have a copy and think its great.Published 12 months ago by Sharon J. Carr
Although a bit dated, this summary of the differences between the British and Americans is witty, clever, and in my experience, quite accurate. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Joanne S. Kaufman
Unsophisticated, churlish, reductionist, largely derivative tripe. Subtle as a Mack truck, and sophomoric at best. Does a great disservice to Brits and Americans both.Published 20 months ago by Emma W
A gift for my sister. She enjoyed the book.....we are both ardent lovers of British murder mysteries.....and could with this better capture the innuendos of British vocabulary.Published 21 months ago by B. J. G.
I bought this as a going away gift for a friend who will be living in England for a year while going to school. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Christine Davis